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Sam's Point, Ice Cave Trail, Verkeerderkill Falls [CLOSED]

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Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area

Sam's Point, Ice Cave Trail, Verkeerderkill Falls [CLOSED] is a 6.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Cragsmoor, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.8 mi Elevation gain 1,000 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Cave Forest Partially paved Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Closed Fee
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NOTE: As of August 2020, many trails in this park and the Ice Caves are closed due to COVID-19. Please check here for updates: https://parks.ny.gov/parks/193 There is a $10 parking fee for this park. There isn't much tree cover so bring sunscreen and enough water!

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Brianna Stafford
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HikingNo shade

The waterfall trail is decently long. There is no tree cover. Bring sunscreen and plenty of water for the hike. You may want to bring snacks or light lunch for when you arrive at the waterfall. The ice cave trail does not take that long and is really nice especially on a hot day. The trail to the lookout is very steep, but the views are amazing! Once you reach the top you can access the waterfall and ice cave trails. You can bring a dog, make sure they are on a leash. Bring extra water for your four legged friend! (Currently trails are closed and capacity limited due to Covid-19)

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Nihad Mohammed
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Hiking

Beautiful views, though the trail itself isn't too challenging. Some parts were closed when I went (The Ice Caves) and that wasn't fun.

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Heather Rodriguez
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Hiking

Most trails are closed due to Covid-19... didn’t even see the water fall -_-

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Vicky Damian
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Beautiful place, with beautiful views! Wear comfortable shoes. They have a picnic area next with the parking lot.

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Richard Wall
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Hiking

Beautiful views from Sam's Point. First mile of the trail is a wide gravel path. After the first mile the trail narrows and is rocky on the way to the ice caves and falls. The ice caves were closed. Very nice view of the falls from the top outlook.

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David Saravia
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Luke Ayy
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Kristen Link
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HikingIcyRockySnow

Did this mid-Feb and while it was very icy - it was a great hike! Note that the ice caves are closed so we went counter clockwise from parking to overlook, to the falls and then back out the same way. Spikes definitely recommended (and poles would be useful on the trail to the falls).

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Kevin Costanzo
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First mile of the trail is paved :-( some love it me not so much. After that ice cave is an awesome loop but you can understand why they close it in late November. So hit it soon, the falls are stunning! Trail is rocky but not bad, some ankle biters.

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Dina Signoretti-Costanzo
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HikingClosedFeeIcyRocky

Amazing trail! We loved the ice cave. Super cool and very well maintained. The hike to the falls was very rocky but a great trail. Good workout on the way back up. We went on a cold day so there weren’t a lot of people there. Loved it! Will be back

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Michael Santa Maria
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HikingFlooded

My wife and I love this trail. Great views!

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Colleen Gibs
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HikingNo shadeRocky

If you factor in the distance from the visitor center, this is closer to 7.6 miles. The ice caves are very cool (literally), and motion sensor lights help you see in the dark bits. The hike to the falls is very rocky—not many flat spots or soft terrain. A good portion of it is also on bluffs with no shade. The views were amazing from there! Hiked: October 18, 2019

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Steve Dittmar
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Cat Carrera
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HikingRocky

Such a fun hike. You get a good mix of terrain. The overlooks offer stunning views. The ice caves were fun. We didn’t see any ice though and didn’t really feel a temperature difference. It was a cold and windy October day, so I didn’t mind that. The trail to the falls gets pretty rocky. The views at the falls are beautiful — fall foliage for miles and miles! Parking is $10. Plenty of signage everywhere so you can’t get lost. Overall, a good time out there.

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Krysta Frikkers
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Hiking

Very easy to get up to Sams point. Beautiful view. Ice caves are beyond cool to check out. The hike to verkeederkill falls isn’t bad just rocky, but the falls are stunning.

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Erin Esteves
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Hiking

Great hike! The ice caves are very cool!

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Tatiana Abril
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It's an awesome trail. The views and Ice Caves were amazing to see. The walk to the falls can take a toll on your feet so wear proper footwear for hikes. I like how the landscape changes and you can see the different species of weird looking plants and trees. The first time I came here I only did the Ice Caves loop. This time I went with a couple of inexperienced friends and they enjoyed it although they were in lots of pain by the end. We went on a rainy day but we still had a good time.

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Grant Pulgarin
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Dani Kain
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HikingRocky

Very rocky trail so wear your hiking boots. There was minimal shade but it was a cloudy day and coverage from the sun wasn’t a problem. Bring lots of water and good snacks! The waterfall was at a trickle this time of year but still a beautiful site. Sam’s point is close to the beginning of the trail. Get there early because parking is definitely an issue and you’ll be turned away if the lot is full.

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Dan Zelikman
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble

Truly a playground. Hiked to the waterfall and a bit beyond to another view, scrambled through some caves, and plenty of views—spend the day here and explore!

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